Big Horn Meats was founded in the depths of north west Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountain region. While grocery stores vend mystery meats and dubious dairy, Big Horn connects the eater to the land, providing edibles which pass from our pastures to your table. It’s farming at its fundamentals. Farmer sustains soil. Soil sustains animal. Animal sustains the community. So we’re out to nourish our entire ecosystem, leaving no compost unturned in our stewardship of the land. Because food tastes better when it’s cultivated in healthy earth, and happy animals feed healthier communities.
Out to Pasture
In a small town a stone’s throw from Allegheny National Forest, Big Horn Meats flourishes on 150 acres of woods and meadows. The farm is maintained solely by its farmer, who wakes up at daybreak to lead his cows, chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, and turkeys to fresh pasture. Pigs forage for hickory nuts and acorns, while goats, cows and sheep feed on grasses and weeds. And if this all sounds a bit like Noah’s arc, well… it’s not uncommon for a goat to pay the sheep a visit, nor would we be surprised to see a chicken chowing down with the piglets (much to the piglets chagrin). Our flock is trained to sustain itself, and we cultivate the same symbiotic relationships that regulate thriving ecosystems. Except Hockeystick. That turkey suffers no fools.
Michael Wright was that kid with a bug jar. He spent his childhood traipsing through forests, and never found a Warren County 'fwend' that shouldn't be prodded. It only seemed natural then (he likes puns too) that he take over his family’s small organic farm, and build a life around the maintenance of mud. And so in 2002, this Army veteran returned from college to care for 6 cows, and took the revolutionary step of leaving them alone. Indeed, farmer and fuzzy companions alike cared not for the buzz worthy notions of sustainability and eco-consciousness.
And while Michael is a state and federally licensed Nutrient Management consultant, he is happy to let beast and fowl tend the earth as they always have. Agricultural grant writer, inspector, educator, and Farmland Preservation Administrator, yes. But Michael is most at home, as he has always been, with his hands in the soil.